Hexbreaker (Hexworld #1)

Author: Jordan L Hawk

Publisher: self

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:  Will a dark history doom their future together?

New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang.

Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the very bohemian Cicero instinctively recognizes the uncultured Irish patrolman as his witch. Though they’re completely unsuited to one another, Cicero has no choice but to work alongside Tom…all the while fighting against the passion growing within.

Tom knows that taking Cicero as his familiar would only lead to discovery and disaster. Yet as the heat between them builds, Tom’s need for the other man threatens to overcome every rational argument against becoming involved.

But when their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must make the hardest decision of his life: to live a lie and gain his heart’s desire, or to confess the truth and sacrifice it all.

 

Review:  Hexbreaker was another wonderfully vivid paranormal romance written by Jordan Hawk. I LOVED the MCs as individuals and as a couple. The mystery aspect was particularly compelling. You will want to read the novella that comes before this book because that couple plays and important starring role in this book. It also helps explain the world building. Both that novella and Hexbreaker were fantastic reads.

In this world there are many types of people. Some of those are familiars that can also take animal form. There are also witches. To reach their full magical potential a witch and familiar have to bond. A familiar knows their witch right away. Most bonds are by choice but some are greedy for the power the bond promises. Sadly familiars throughout history have been forced to bond to access that magic. Sort of like magical slavery. It’s a bond only broken by death. Witches pull magic through familiars so there’s a level of trust involved.

Cicero is a familiar who takes on cat form. He’s gorgeous. A detective with the MP. Polished and highly intelligent. He’s also kind of a snooty but loyal to those he calls friends as we learned in the first story. So when he sees Tom the beefcake “human” cop and realizes that’s his chosen witch he’s reluctant to admit it to say the least. Human cops in this world are known for being corrupt. There’s also a question as to why someone with magic is working for the human cops. Cicero makes a bunch of assumptions about Tom. Tom’s captain forces him to visit the MP to answer questions about a murder he witnessed. Someone he knew murdered his wife after a hex seemingly went very wrong. The MP recently had a similar situation so he’s sent to collaborate on the cases. Tom has been hiding for years. He has a very rare magical ability that nobody knows about. He can break any hex. Tom also took on a new identity years before after Hexes forced people to go crazed and murder each other. Something similar to what he’s seeing happen again. Somehow he has to find out the truth behind the latest murders while keeping his past and powers a secret under the watchful eye of the sexy cat familiar he’s strangely attracted to.

I loved the MCs in this story. Tom has been alone for so long. Nobody really knows him. Or his secrets. He harbors a deep fear and guilt of anybody finding out about his dark past. Tom wants so badly to be with Cicero but he can’t fully open up to him which eventually causes problems. I found myself on edge right along with Tom for most of the book just waiting for it all to come tumbling down on Tom. It’s like all his secrets have been forced to the surface just as Tom finds someone to love. Cicero is determined to save his friend that has gone missing. He’s not happy about needing Tom to do it but if that’s what he needs to investigate the disappearance then he’ll take it. Cicero is SO catlike. I loved how both of his forms exuded this. Being with Tom makes him realize that he wants more out of life. Cicero has had a rough life. It’s never really gone into in full detail but you get the feeling he’s been used and abused before.

This book is excellent. I would recommend it to anyone really. The love story is wonderful. The guys are super sexy together. The characters are fun and flawed making them feel more real. There’s some good humor and witty banter. A compelling mystery. Lots of creative use of magic. Good guys vs the bad guys. Well multiple bad guys. Even the supposed good guys can be bad guys so you have to stay on your toes. Hexbreaker is a fantastic paranormal romance with vivid world building that you won’t want to put down. I do appreciate how this author pushes the line with some of the darker scenes. Like when the hex makes people lose it and eat peoples faces! I love a bit of violence and gore in my books. This is a must read to any Jordan Hawk fans. If you’ve never read her you’re missing out. Great book!

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